The shelter medicine program is a key component in our efforts to achieve BCSPCA’s objectives focused on caring for animals and improving placement rates. The Staff Veterinarian is a key member of the Shelter Medicine department, bringing his/her knowledge of shelter animal care and surgical expertise to the team. The Staff Veterinarian will be responsible for performing surgical procedures (primarily spay/neuter of cats, dogs and rabbits) and physical examinations on healthy and sick shelter animals. This position requires knowledge of and an interest in Shelter Medicine.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Competently examine, diagnose, prescribe and treat animals in shelter
Maintain a positive work ethic and rapport with staff and clients, including facilitating conflict resolution as needed in a professional manner
Handle animals both fractious and calm safely, models and teaches such handling
Carries out components of shelter medicine program at both BCSPCA locations including future offsite adoption locations
Administer vaccines and perform other routine services, including client education, connected with preventative health maintenance
Perform emergency triage and stabilization of ill and injured animals
Perform adult and pediatric sterilizations and other routine soft tissue surgeries
Interpret diagnostic tests
Administer medication both oral and injections, including IV, IM, SQ
Administer controlled substances and keep an accurate log
Maintain accurate and complete medical records
Participate in humane investigations (examines, documents, and treats cruelty cases)
Responsible for cleanliness and safety of clinic areas both locations
Responsible for the veterinary component of the decision-making process regarding medical related euthanasia and humanely euthanizes animals when necessary
Effectively communicate with all levels of BCSPCA staff and volunteers
About Bucks County SPCA
The Bucks County SPCA assists animals in need and prevents suffering through rescue, rehoming, cruelty investigation and prosecution, and community outreach.
With our community’s support we have grown and expanded, now operating two open-admission, no-time-limit shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown. We also provide extensive humane investigation and education programs. The Bucks County SPCA works to keep animals in their homes and out of the shelter system by offering temporary boarding for pets referred by a social service agency during emergencies and donating pet supplies to food pantries. We are an independent locally-supported nonprofit, and not part of a national organization or county government.